Men's Track Opens Outdoor Season With Second Place Finish

Hanover, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire men's track and field team began their outdoor campaign with a second place finish at Dartmouth College on Saturday. The meet which pitted UNH against the Universities of Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont, along with Dartmouth saw the host team win the meet with 81 points, folllowed by the Wildcats' total of 62 and the University of Maine with 48 points.

The Wildcats took home five first place finishes, three in the field and two on the track. In the 5000 meters, Ryan Raymond (Loudon, N.H.) finished first in a time of 14 minutes 59.25 seconds. His Wildcat teammate Matthew Barnard (Hebron, N.H.) finished in 15:27.31, placing him two spots behind Raymond in third. Jason Marshall (Piscataway, N.J.) and John Barry (Nashua, N.H.) swept the first two places in the 110m high hurdles. Marshall's time of 15.06 was just three hundredths of a second ahead of Barry's time of 15.09. Marshall missed taking home two titles by less than a second, as he finished second in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.75. Other solid performances were turned in by Ben Tobin (West Hartford, Conn.) and Jeff Visco (Skillman, N.J.) who finished third and fourth respectively in the 3000m steeplechase. Tobin finished in 9:53.46 and Visco's time of 10:14.30 secured his fourth place finish. In the 100m Keith Chisholm (Hudson, N.H.)finished third in 11.27 seconds, just five hundredths out of first place. UNH's Craig Lange (Manchester, N.H.) also finished third in his event, the 200m (22.74).

In the field the Wildcats were led by Tim Lyons (Wakefield, Mass.) who finished first in the hammer throw(55.32m) and javelin where his throw of 61.24m was over five meters better than his nearest competitor. In the pole vault Jamison Whiting ( Salem, N.H.) continued his 1999-2000 dominance by sharing the event title with teammate Jared Burke (Salem, N.H.) both vaulting 15'00.00", a foot and a half better than the third place finisher. Mike Wells' (Dover, N.H.) throw of 14.29m placed him second in the shot put, while Joil Bergeron (Keene, N.H.) finished fourth with a throw of 13.61m. Bergeron also added a third place finish in the discus throw to his day with a toss of 40.58m Wildcat Junior John Teator's (Cheshire, Conn.) jump of 11.68m was good enough for second place in the triple jump.

UNH next travels to the University of Maine to take on the Black Bears on April 8. Time of the meet is 12pm.

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